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Assessing student, parent and educator perceptions of school climate: The Comprehensive School Climate Inventory

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The Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI) was developed by the U.S. National School Climate Center in 2002. The CSCI assesses how students, parents, and educators perceive a school’s learning climate and measures 12 dimensions of climate in four over-arching categories: safety, teaching and learning, interpersonal relationships, and institutional involvement. The CSCI may be use as a needs assessment or as a pre/post measure of change over time. Findings from the Inventory are presented in a customized report that outlines core strengths and potential areas for improvement. Specific action plans and strategies for school-wide improvement are also included. The measure has been recognized as a valid and reliable assessment tool in independent evaluations conducted by organizations such as the American Psychological Association, the Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington, and the U.S. Department of Education. The CSCI is available for a fee.